103 more trucks missing in MP
The Madhya Pradesh Police have unearthed a much bigger explosive scam than it seemed to be initially when 61 trucks carrying explosives worth Rs 1.3 crore were found missing during April-June this year.india Updated: Aug 27, 2010 00:39 IST
The Madhya Pradesh Police have unearthed a much bigger explosive scam than it seemed to be initially when 61 trucks carrying explosives worth Rs 1.3 crore were found missing during April-June this year.
Sagar district police chief Vijay Kumar Suryawanshi said the police came to know about 103 more missing trucks during an interrogation of one of the accused in the case.
Mentioning that the police suspected the existence of a nationwide explosive smuggling racket, he said four employees of the supplier company, Dholpur-based Rajasthan Explosives Corporation, might be arrested for their alleged involvement in the scam.
Rajendra Choubey, an employee in Sagar-based Ganesh Magazine, buyer of the previous consignment, was arrested on Wednesday. He informed the police that he handled the accounts of the Chanderi-based Sangam Explosives, too.
Sangam, owned by Anil Dhupar, also had placed orders for 474 tonne of explosives worth Rs 2.50 crore with RECL this year. In this case too, 103 trucks carrying the consignment vanished.
However, licences of both Ganesh Magazine and Sangam Explosives expired in March 2010, meaning the orders were placed illegally. RECL later clarified that it stopped supply to Ganesh Magazine when the MP authorities had informed it about the expiry of the licence.
Recovery of the stolen explosives continues in Bhilwara district, Rajasthan. The police broke open three godowns in the district on Thursday and found about 550 boxes of detonators, gelatin sticks and fuse wires.
The godowns are owned by Ajay Explosives of Shivcharan Heda and his wife Deepa. The police are looking for owners of Ganesh Magazine, besides Shiv Charan and Deepa Heda.
First Published: Aug 27, 2010 00:37 IST